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  • Wednesday, March 19, 2014 2:22pm
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OMC’s new commissioner

John Nutter of Port Angeles was sworn in May 6 as an Olympic Medical Center commissioner, succeeding Cindy Witham, who resigned in March.

Nutter, a Port Angeles police officer and former OMC finance director, will hold the District 2, Position 1 seat. District 2 includes most of Port Angeles.

Nutter’s term will run through December 2009.

Constituents can contact Nutter at 360-808-5469 or via e-mail at His mailing address is P.O. Box 2524, Port Angeles, WA, 98362.

For more information on the board of commissioners, including contact information and respective committees, visit www.

Candidate filing opens

Declaration of Candidacy forms for the 2009 elections are available by mail beginning Friday, May 15. The official filing week is June 1-5 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Filing packets may be obtained in the Auditor’s Election Center, on the lower level of the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles; or prospective candidates may contact Shoona Radon, election supervisor, to have a packet mailed. Her telephone number is 417-2217 or e-mail

A list of the offices up for election and the applicable filing fees is on the Auditor’s Web site

There is a variety of local offices up for election such as city councils, school boards, fire districts, and park and recreation districts.

Interim port director

Port of Port Angeles commissioners on Monday formally accepted the resignation of Executive Director Bob McChesney, effective Friday, May 15, then named the port’s finance director Bill James as the interim executive director, according to KONP-AM.

James will remain the interim until they hire a new, full-time executive director, a process that could take three to four months.

Several steps remain in the selection and hiring process and one may be some public forums to give citizens input into what they feel an executive director should accomplish.

McChesney is leaving Port Angeles to become executive director of the Port of Edmonds.

WAG adoption Saturday

Welfare for Animals Guild brings a variety of ages and breeds of adoptable dogs from noon-2 p.m. Saturday, May 16, to Best Friend Nutrition, 680 W. Washington St., Sequim.

WAG volunteers will advise visitors on the adoption process and the many volunteer opportunities available to help dogs discover their "forever homes."

Donations to WAG will be accepted. For more information, call 681-8458.

Walk for Life in P.A.

CareNet, a nonprofit Christian organization, is hosting a Walk for Life event at the Port Angeles City Pier, starting at 9 a.m. on May 16.

Participants are asked to solicit sponsors to raise funds for the group and walk the two-mile or five-kilometer (3.1-mile) course along the Olympic Discovery Trail along the Port Angeles waterfront.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

There are two CareNet pregnancy centers; one in Sequim (407 W. Bell St.) and one in Port Angeles (535 E. Eighth St.).

For more information, call 681-8725 or see

Day camp signups accepted

Registrations are being accepted through June 5 from girls entering first through seventh grades as of September for Girl Scout Day Camp.

Camp will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 27-31 at Pioneer Memorial Park, 387 W. Washington St., Sequim.

The cost for Girl Scouts is $50 and non-Scouts $60.

This fee covers program supplies, camp activities, camp patch and T-shirt, plus accident insurance.

For more information or a registration form, call 582-0044 or contact llmc50@ or

CG Auxiliary takes prize

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 42 was the Outstanding Flotilla of District 13, which includes four states, for the year 2007.

The organization learned of the honor late in 2008 and is on track to repeat this record.

The organization welcomes the public and new members. Call 417-6716.

New relief for sinusitis

Olympic Medical Center has enhanced its surgical capabilities with the recent purchase of a navigation system – a sinus mapping system that allows for more effective surgical procedures for patients with severe chronic sinusitis.

Prior to surgery, an endoscope is used to examine nasal and sinus passages, and CT scans are taken to build a computerized model of a patient’s skull.

During surgery, the surgeon views a computer monitor where the navigation system shows the location of the surgical instruments tip on the CT scans. Tissue obstructing the sinuses is surgically removed so that sinuses can drain properly.

The system’s precision means less tissue is damaged, so recovery is faster and there is less discomfort than in surgeries that required open incisions.

For more information on surgical services at Olympic Medical Center, call 417-7000 or log on to If you are a chronic sinusitis sufferer, talk with your primary care physician regarding a referral to an otolaryngologist (ENT) physician.

YMCA raises $120K for scholars

The Clallam County Family YMCA annual support campaign raised $120,000 for program and membership scholarships, far exceeding the goal of $100,000. More than 179 volunteers helped achieve a 22-percent increase in donations over last year’s campaign.

Financial assistance is provided for summer camp, art classes, sports activities and memberships. The YMCA uses a sliding scale to determine what fee, if any, is required.

In 2008, the YMCA provided $105,000 in financial assistance and this number is expected to rise this year.

Discussing one’s dreams

Elizabeth "Elle" Rogers leads a free discussion about the dream world from 5-6:30 p.m. May 16 at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., Port Angeles.

Rogers leads a discussion on the same topic 3-4:30 p.m. May 23 at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., Sequim. Call 360-623-5158.

Brewers plan club’s future

The May meeting of the North Olympic Brewers Guild will be held at 2 p.m. May 17 at Keith Barnett’s house, 231 Madrona Terrace, Sequim.

The organizational meeting includes discussion about the direction the club will take in the future. Visit

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